A History of Cannibalism

A History of Cannibalism

by Nathan Constantine

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Desperation, duty and desire - the three primary motives for breaking what is the oldest taboo in the Western world, cannibalism. This book investigates all three and presents startling evidence that will challenge cultural and moral perceptions as never before.

It explains how in some societies, 'duty' cannibalism has been integral to existence and viewed as both necessary and socially acceptable. If most people find such a concept difficult to comprehend, they might just be able to reserve judgement on those driven to eat companions out of sheer desperation in order to survive.

But, by far the most disturbing of the three types is 'desire cannibalism', practiced by men such as Albert Fish and Ed Gein who ate human flesh simply because they wanted to. If the second type of cannibalism shows what we humans are capable of under extreme stress, this third gives a chilling insight into what some of us require for emotional and sexual gratification.

A History of Cannibalism treats seriously, and with great erudition and understanding, a subject that causes many people to recoil in horror and disbelief. It examines the various - and sometime conflicting - motives, and assesses the background to many notorious cases. It offers no easy answers but a fascinating insight into the forces that lie deep within the human psyche.

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ISBN-13: 9781848586130
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Nathan Constantine has been writing books on political, military and cultural subjects for thirty years.  He has written about rock music, movies, football and cannibalism.  He has written novels for adults, and history books for children.  He has lived in America and travelled extensively in the Third World.  He now lives in southern England with a wife and two cats.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Cannibalism and Ritual (Feeding the gods, making magic; Eating the enemy; Cannibalism as renewal; A helping hand)
Part 2: Cultural Cannibalism (Menus; The cannibal isles; The evolution of cannibalism)
Part 3: Cannibalism and Disasters (Lost at sea; Lost on land)
Part 4: Famine and Cannibalism (Famine; Famine in war; Famine to order; Political desperation)
Part 5: Infamous Cannibals Through the Ages (European pioneers; The 19th century; The German quartet; American gothic; The modern vampire; Sons of America; Stalin's children; A German revival)
Part 6: The Fascination with Cannibalism (Globalization; Cannibal books and movies)
Part 7: Looking to the Future

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